The Novel

What Do Publishers Want?

Jumping Through Hoops By Ross Howell Recently my mother-in-law’s neighbor phoned me after he learned that I had studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He had completed a first novel, had gotten a response from an agent, and wanted to know what to do next. “There seem to be so many hoops to jump through,” [...]

Paul Harding Video Part 2

More on how Tinkers evolved from characters based on Harding’s family, as well as the purely imagined. It’s all about character, he assures us. Even the setting is a character.

Paul Harding Video Part 1

Paul Harding Video Part 1

In this interview conducted at his alma mater, the Pulitzer, PEN/Robert Bingham, and Guggenheim fellowship winner discusses the debut novel that put him on the map. Tinkers was famously rejected by major houses before being published by tiny Bellevue Literary Press.